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The System of the World

(2004)
(The third book in the Baroque Cycle series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book (nominee)
Prometheus Award Best Novel
The Barnes & Noble Review
The System of the World, the third and concluding volume of Neal Stephenson's shelf-bending Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver and The Confusion), brings the epic historical saga to its thrilling -- and truly awe-inspiring -- conclusion.

Set in the early 18th century and featuring a diverse cast of characters that includes alchemists, philosophers, mathematicians, spies, thieves, pirates, and royalty, The System of the World follows Daniel Waterhouse, an unassuming philosopher and confidant to some of the most brilliant minds of the age, as he returns to England to try and repair the rift between geniuses Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. After reluctantly leaving his family in Boston, Waterhouse arrives in England and is almost killed by a mysterious Infernal Device. Having been away from the war-decimated country for two decades, Waterhouse quickly learns that although many things have changed, there is still violent revolution simmering just beneath the surface of seemingly civilized society. With Queen Anne deathly ill and Tories and Whigs jostling for political supremacy, Waterhouse and Newton vow to figure out who is trying to kill certain scientists and decipher the riddle behind the legend of King Solomon's gold, a mythical hoard of precious metal with miraculous properties.

Arguably one of the most ambitious -- and most researched -- stories ever written, Stephenson's Baroque Cycle is set in one of the most turbulent and exciting times in human history. Filled with wild adventure, political intrigue, social upheaval, civilization-changing discoveries, cabalistic mysticism, and even a little romance, this massive saga is worth its weight in (Solomon's) gold. Paul Goat Allen

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Hardback Editions

2006 : USA Hardback

Title: The System of the World (Baroque Cycle, Number 3)
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ISBN: 0-641-73162-0 / 978-0-641-73162-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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April 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 3)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 0-06-059935-9 / 978-0-06-059935-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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September 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 3)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 0-06-052387-5 / 978-0-06-052387-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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Paperback Editions

November 2006 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: System of the World, The (The Baroque Cycle)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 0-06-089553-5 / 978-0-06-089553-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarTorch
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October 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The System Of The World (Baroque Cycle 3)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 0-09-946336-9 / 978-0-09-946336-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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September 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 3)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 0-06-075086-3 / 978-0-06-075086-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
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October 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The System of the World
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 0-434-01236-X / 978-0-434-01236-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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October 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: The System of the World (Baroque Cycle 3)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 0-434-01177-0 / 978-0-434-01177-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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Audio Editions

November 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The System of the World (Baroque Cycle)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 1-4915-7714-2 / 978-1-4915-7714-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 2013 : USA Audio CD

Title: The System Of The World
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 1-4805-3469-2 / 978-1-4805-3469-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 2013 : USA MP3 CD

Title: The System Of The World
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 1-4805-3470-6 / 978-1-4805-3470-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The System of the World (Baroque Cycle)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 1-4558-6161-8 / 978-1-4558-6161-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The System of the World (Baroque Cycle)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 1-4558-6171-5 / 978-1-4558-6171-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The System of the World (Baroque Cycle)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 1-4558-6181-2 / 978-1-4558-6181-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The System of the World (Baroque Cycle)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
ISBN: 1-4558-6191-X / 978-1-4558-6191-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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August 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The System of the World: Book Eight of The Baroque Cycle
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The System of the World: Book Eight of The Baroque Cycle
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2010 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The System of the World: Book Eight of The Baroque Cycle
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

June 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The System Of The World (The Baroque Cycle Book 3)
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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October 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The System of the World: Volume Three of the Baroque Cycle
Author(s): Neal Stephenson
Publisher: William Morrow
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